Who Really Was Pontius Pilate?

Arsenal my one true love won and all the other title contenders lost in this weekend’s round of matches. I’m on cloud nine writing this post with my ears plugged listening to some music by Linkin Park. Surely I’ve reached my peak. It can’t get better than this can it? I’m thinking what to talk about now. Well that’s my only worry in life at the moment. Let’s see, some time ago I wanted to discuss one of the most interesting characters I came across while reading the bible (hahaha…yes I’ve started reading my bible again).
Most of us know Pontius Pilate as the man who sentenced Jesus Christ to death by crucifixion. But who really is this guy? As a kid growing up reading and watching movies based on the life of Christ, I always seemed confused by the Pilate character. To me at the time all those against Jesus were cast into the bad category and those for him good. That’s how I reasoned as a child, but for some reason I couldn’t fit this Pilate guy into either group. He seemed stuck in the middle somehow shifting toward the good side.
Before any of you jump on me let me explain my reasoning behind this thinking; Pontius Pilate was the governor of Judea under the Roman Empire which made him a Roman and not Jew. So when the chief priests sent Jesus to him, Pilate wasn’t keen on interfering in the affairs of the Jews and tried to pass Jesus off to be judged under the Jewish law but the Jews were adamant Pilate tried Jesus because he was the only one who could give the death penalty they so wanted (John 18:31).
So then Jesus was questioned by Pilate and when Pilate was done with his interrogations, it seemed to him that there was no basis for sending Jesus to die and he tried to set Christ free but the Jews as insistent as they were finally made him crucify. But reading the bible again it is Pilate’s chats with Jesus that I find very intriguing. First of all we established him not being a Jew so he shouldn’t really be interested in this stuff but the more he questions Jesus you realize the more he believes (John 18:33-40 through to John 19:1-12).
“Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘the king of the Jews’, but that this man claimed to be the king of the Jews”. Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”” John 19:19-22.
I guess I should be rounding up as I’ve started yawning already – been a long day – but what is evident is that Pilate knew Jesus was innocent and believed Jesus but he was afraid to do what was he knew was the right thing to do just like how most of us live today. And I’m a massive culprit at this. We know what is right but are afraid to act fearing how others would react to us.
What is popular isn’t always right and what is right isn’t always popular. May God grant us that courage and vim to stand for Him under all situations without thinking about what the world may think of us. Amen
So now where does Pilate stand with me? I dunno but I guess all these are made available for us to learn from them and try to ask God to make us better people.